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Cautiously, Hamas speaks out against Egyptian bloodshed

19/08/2013

Despite its determination to not be seen as intervening in Egypt’s internal affairs, Hamas has broken its silence on the violence engulfing its western neighbor, with officials criticizing the “coldblooded murder” of defenseless civilians by the Egyptian military.

While the movement’s political leaders — Khaled Mashaal, Mousa Abu-Marzouq and Ismail Haniyeh — remain mum on Egypt in their public statements, preferring to direct their criticism at Israel and rival Palestinian movement Fatah, middle-ranking officials have begun in recent days to condemn Egypt for its violent crackdown on supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, which has left some 900 Egyptians dead in the past week.

“The continued targeting of defenseless Egyptian civilians and their killing in cold blood constitutes a crime against humanity, and is to be condemned by all standards,” Izzat Al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau told his movement’s daily Felesteen on Monday, blasting unnamed Egyptian journalists for “lying and lying until they believe themselves.”

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